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Bucs to pick up option on CB Hargreaves

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TAMPA, Fla. — The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are picking up the fifth-year option on cornerback Vernon Hargreaves, the team announced Wednesday night. It will keep him with the club through 2020 and earn him $9 million.

The deadline to pick up fifth-year options for 2016 NFL draft picks is May 3. Hargreaves was the 11th overall pick that year and the third cornerback selected, behind Jalen Ramsey and Eli Apple.

Though injuries have limited Hargreaves to 10 games over the past two seasons, and he struggled playing off-coverage under former defensive coordinator Mike Smith, new head coach Bruce Arians has expressed confidence in his potential in Todd Bowles’ scheme, which will allow Hargreaves to return to his preference of press-man coverage.

“I think Vernon has all the talent in the world, he works hard, is smart,” Arians said at last month’s owners meetings, pointing to injuries as a culprit for some of Hargreaves’ stumbles. “Why can’t he be successful? He’s just gotta stay healthy.”

Hargreaves is now the 10th member of the 2016 draft class to have his fifth-year option picked up, along with Jared Goff, Joey Bosa, Ezekiel Elliott, Ronnie Stanley, DeForest Buckner, Sheldon Rankins, Laremy Tunsil, Keanu Neal and William Jackson.

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Cards exec Minegar arrested on DUI citation

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals executive vice president and chief operating officer Ron Minegar was arrested late Saturday on a DUI citation.

Minegar, 60, was pulled over at 11:30 p.m. Saturday for “speeding, failure to drive within one lane of traffic and driving within the bicycle lane.” He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI, cited and released.

The Cardinals expressed their displeasure with Minegar in a statement issued Sunday.

“Ron Minegar’s actions last night are inexcusable,” the team said. “He made the decision to drive after drinking alcohol and is fortunate that he was pulled over before injuring anyone or himself.

“According to MADD, drunk driving results in almost 11,000 deaths per year and is the number one cause of fatalities on roadways. We fully recognize the seriousness of these actions and they will have serious consequences.”

As of Sunday afternoon, Minegar’s name was still listed on the Cardinals’ website.

Minegar becomes the second high-ranking Cardinals front-office executive to be arrested on suspicion of DUI in as many years. General manager Steve Keim was arrested last summer. He was suspended for five weeks and fined $200,000 after pleading guilty to extreme DUI.

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Cardinals exec Minegar arrested on DUI charge

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GLENDALE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals executive vice president and chief operating officer Ron Minegar was arrested late Saturday on a DUI charge.

Minegar, 60, was pulled over at 11:30 p.m. Saturday for “speeding, failure to drive within one lane of traffic and driving within the bicycle lane.” He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of DUI, cited and released.

The Cardinals expressed their displeasure with Minegar in a statement issued Sunday.

“Ron Minegar’s actions last night are inexcusable,” the team said. “He made the decision to drive after drinking alcohol and is fortunate that he was pulled over before injuring anyone or himself.

“According to MADD, drunk driving results in almost 11,000 deaths per year and is the number one cause of fatalities on roadways. We fully recognize the seriousness of these actions and they will have serious consequences.”

As of Sunday afternoon, Minegar’s name was still listed on the Cardinals’ website.

Minegar becomes the second high-ranking Cardinals front office executive to be arrested for DUI in as many years. General manager Steve Keim was arrested last summer. He was suspended for five weeks and fined $200,000 after pleading guilty to extreme DUI.

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Ravens trade kicker Vedvik to Vikings for pick

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The Ravens traded kicker Kaare Vedvik to the Vikings for an undisclosed draft pick, Baltimore announced Sunday.

A league source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that Baltimore will receive a 2020 fifth-round draft pick from Minnesota.

The trade is contingent on Vedvik passing a physical for the Vikings, the Ravens said.

Vedvik, a native of Norway, was 12-of-13 on field goals in the preseason the past two years for Baltimore after being signed as an undrafted kicker in 2018.

In Thursday’s preseason opener, Vedvik increased his value by making all four of his field goals, including a 55-yarder, and had two punts over 50 yards.

The trade creates a competition not only at kicker, but possibly at punter in Minnesota. Dan Bailey, the Vikings’ incumbent kicker who was signed after rookie Daniel Carlson was released following three missed field goals at Green Bay in Week 2 last season, has yet to have a perfect practice in training camp.

On Wednesday, during the Vikings’ final practice before their preseason opener in New Orleans, Bailey went 3-for-6 on field goals. Against the Saints, Bailey did not attempt a field goal but made all four of his point-after attempts.

The Vikings used a seventh-round pick on former Air Force long-snapper Austin Cutting in April, thus creating a competition at the position with veteran Kevin McDermott. Minnesota has also used several holders in camp, situationally, instead of punter Matt Wile.

Minnesota coach Mike Zimmer noted some of the issues the entire kicking battery has had to work through during the first two weeks of training camp, and it pertains to the ups and downs Bailey has encountered.

“Honestly, I really like Dan Bailey,” Zimmer said. “I think he’s a very professional, mature kid. We’ve been having some issues with the snap, hold, kick kind of thing. Having two long-snappers, I think that’s adding to it a little bit because the timing’s different. The holding we’re working on quite a bit, but I like Dan.”

Four teams recently inquired about Vedvik, a source told Schefter earlier Sunday. Vedvik had made about 90 percent of his kicks in this year’s training camp but missed a 33-yard field goal on Saturday.

In the middle of Sunday’s practice, general manager Eric DeCosta spoke to coach John Harbaugh and assistant special-teams coach Randy Brown for a long time. Vedvik then left the field around 2 p.m.

Vedvik would’ve been traded last season, but he was assaulted in East Baltimore before the Ravens could deal him to another team. He was hospitalized in September after being found alone with multiple facial injuries. Vedvik, who had originally gone out with teammates that night, told the Ravens that he didn’t remember how he ended up at the location where he was found. The Ravens placed Vedvik on the non-football injury list, which began his yearlong comeback. Baltimore had the luxury to trade Vedvik because it has Justin Tucker, the most accurate kicker in NFL history.

The Ravens have a history of being a special-teams pipeline. Three current kickers — the New Orleans SaintsWil Lutz, Carolina PanthersGraham Gano and Buffalo BillsStephen Hauschka — all got their starts in Baltimore. Former special-teams coach Jerry Rosburg, who retired in June, had an eye for discovering kickers, and Brown has an expertise for developing talent.

ESPN’s Courtney Cronin contributed to this report.

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